Can you identify?


I, and most Americans, have made fun of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent statements such as:

1. “I know what it’s like to worry about whether you’re going to get fired.”
2. “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it,”
3. “I’m also unemployed”

All of the above statements show that he has no empathy for the plight of common Americans. In his defense, how could he? He has never had to struggle with paying his bills on time. He has never been on the streets. He has never had to face losing his home. According to Politifact the values of the three properties he and his wife own is about $17 million.

Newt Gringrich, though usually more adept at playing down his less considerable wealth, said that his speaking fees were “not much.” That would be $60k per speech worth of “not much.” Although I have not been able to find an exact figure, he made at least 5 of those speeches during the tax year he was referring to.

President Obama can make claim to being somewhat empathetic to the common people, having started out as a community organizer, but since being elected President he has surrounded himself with Wall Street insiders such as Timothy Geithner. I’m sorry but being able to sing the first few lines of “Let’s Stay Together”, however nicely he did it, does not make him one of us. I will say that if the Presidency were to come down to the ability to belt out a tune, he has it all over Romney’s out of tune warbling of “America the Beautiful.”

According to mcclatchydc.com Senators had a median reportable net worth of $1.79 million in 2008 and House members’ median net worth was $645,503 in 2008. Oh yeah; I bet that they really feel the plight of the average American. That would be why they didn’t worry about it too much when they voted down their automatic pay increase recently.

I know that radical changes are on the way, and that the world is in transition. If I had a way to do it, I would love to make a gestalt of human minds. If Romney and the other politicians were to suddenly be able to see what we experience first hand, their attitudes would change immediately. I pick on him quite a bit, but he is just the most visible example; he is representative of the symptom.

The true problem is indifference. And the true solutions are empathy and generosity. Be willing to share what you have with others. Express your ideas and you may be surprised at the number of people who agree with you. Talk to others about their problems. Understand that you are not alone.

OWS is important. Independent journalism, such as you see on Current TV, in The Nation Magazine, and on blog posts across the country are important. The voice of the people is important. We may not all agree on the best solutions, and some of us may not be able to express a specificity, but we are more in touch with our fellow Americans than any of these politicians can ever hope to be.

We all need to raise our voices, and in turn, raise the level of the discussion about what we, as a whole, are responsible for: the future of the human race and the continued sustainability of our planet. We need to make them listen, not through violence, but through reason. If the gestalt I mentioned earlier comes, that would be a boon to us as a whole. Until then, it is up to us to make ourselves heard, and to spread caring and empathy across the country and the globe.

 

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